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Gurgaon: Construction waste hurting city lungs, say residents

Citing increase in pollution levels from construction and demolition waste, residents urge authorities to take steps to improve the city’s air quality

gurgaon Updated: Oct 14, 2017 21:46 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
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Ongoing construction activity on Golf Course Extension Road has put pollution fear in the minds of residents.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

With air pollution rampant and visibility in major parts of Gurgaon almost down to zero, residents have voiced concern over the worsening air quality in the city.

Citing the increase of pollutants in the air, residents of several upscale condominiums in the city have called for urgent intervention of the pollution control department and the district administration in reversing the steadily declining air quality in the city.

Residents claimed construction materials are being dumped along Golf Course Extension Road, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, driving pollution fears and putting people living roadside at risk of illnesses. They said similar dumping of building materials is also fairly rampant in sectors, 4, 5 and Palam Vihar Road.

“Most city roads lack shoulders and as a result, motorists drive through mud mounds on both sides of the road sending loose dust flying into the air. With each car that drives by, the volume of suspended dust particles in the air goes up manifold. I sent an email to the pollution department and the district administration voicing concern over rising air pollution in the city,” Ruchika Sethi Takkar, a resident of Nirvana Country, said adding that the pollution department does not have any stations to measure the air quality in the area.

Residents said the rising pile of construction and demolition waste in the area has compounded the problem.

“I am worried about my family, as we are breathing toxic air in Sector 56,” Choden Krishna, a resident of Sector 56, said.

Ankita Bansal Garg, another city resident, said, “I live in Unitech Escape. Air pollution and the rising volume of dust in the air is a burning issue in the area and we have no idea how to deal with this problem.”

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The area where the housing in located is close to upscale condominiums such as Vatika City, Nirvana Country, M3M Golf Estate, M3M Cosmopolitan, M3M Urbana, Emaar Marbella, Ireo Victory Valley and Ireo Uptown.

At present, the city’s PM 2.5 level is more than 100 µg/m³, way above the permissible limit of 60 µg/m³. Residents said they have tough time driving during the morning and evening, as a suspended dust particles in the air reduces visibility to alarming levels.

“I was driving to Sohna from my MG Road office on Thursday and it was difficult to see anything because of all the dust in the area. The city air is highly polluted,” Rajan Munjal, a resident of Ardee City, said.

Officials in the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) claimed that they are taking all necessary measures to curb and prevent air pollution. “We are monitoring the air quality of the city and have also asked all contractors and workers to ensure that water is sprinkled on loose sand and other building materials to reduce air pollution,” JB Sharma, regional officer, HSPCB, said.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 21:46 IST